Regional Reports-Midwest

Des Moines

The Des Moines River, above and below Des Moines, offers smallmouths in tailraces and deeper pools. Downtown hot spots include below the wastewater treatment plant and pools above the Highway 65 bypass. On the Cedar River, look for smallmouths in clear-water pockets at the mouth of Indian Creek or below Five-in-One Dam. Drift-fish from Cedar Rapids to Palisades State Park, targeting rocky ledges, riffles, bridge abutments and downstream lees of islands. The waters below the Burlington Street Dam in Iowa City feature aggressive smallies, white bass and walleyes. Contact: Fin & Feather Sports Shop, Cedar Rapids (319-364-4396); Fin & Feather, Iowa City (319-354-2200); Second Avenue Bait House & Fly Shop, Des Moines (515-282-4217).